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Benefits of Saving Lives


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Chatral Rinpoche writes:

I bow down before the Lama, Buddha Amitayus,
And the bodhisattvas in training.
I shall now in brief describe the benefits
Of freeing animals and ransoming their lives.

To save animals from slaughter or any mortal danger,
With an entirely pure motivation and conduct,
Is without doubt a practice to be taken up
By all followers of the Buddha Shakyamuni.

Many sutras, tantras and commentaries
Describe in detail the advantages it brings,
And countless learned and accomplished masters of India and Tibet
Have stressed the value and importance of benefitting beings.
Even in the basic vehicle one avoids inflicting harm on others,
In the mahayana this is the very training of a bodhisattva,
And in the secret mantra, a principal samaya of the ratna family.

The reasoning behind this is as follows: in this world,
Nothing is as dear to someone as his or her own life,
So no greater crime is there than taking life away,
And no conditioned virtue brings greater merit
Than the act of saving beings and ransoming their lives.
Therefore, should you wish for happiness and good,
Exert yourself in this, the most supreme of paths,
Which is proven through scriptures and through reasoning,
And is free of obstacles and potential dangers.

Consider your own body and with this as an example,
Avoid doing anything that might bring harm to others.
Make every effort not to kill any living creature,
Birds, fish, deer, cattle and even tiny insects,
And strive instead to save their lives,
Offering them protection from every fear.
The benefit of doing so is beyond imagining.
This is the best practice for your own longevity,
And the greatest ritual for the living or deceased.
It is my main practice of benefitting others.

It dispels all external and internal adversity and obstacles,

Effortlessly and spontaneously, it brings favourable conditions,
And, when inspired by the noble mind of bodhichitta and
Completed with dedication and pure aspiration prayers,
It will lead one to complete enlightenment,
And the accomplishment of one’s own and others’ welfare
Of this you need to have no doubts at all!

Those whose minds incline to virtue and acts of merit,

Should prohibit hunting and fishing on their land.
Some birds, in particular, such as geese and cranes,
Are impelled by their karma to migrate
And fly south in autumn, north in spring.
At times, weary from the efforts of their flight,
Or having lost their way, some are forced to land,
Distressed, afraid and anxious; when this happens,
You should not throw stones or shoot at them,
Nor try to kill them or do them any harm,
But protect them so they may easily fly once more.
To offer care and affection to sentient beings
In desperate situations who lack protection
Brings just as much merit as the meditation
On emptiness with compassion as its core
So it has been said by glorious Lord Atisha.

Lamas, officials, monks, nuns, men and women,
In all the places over which you have control,
Exert every influence and do all within your power
To release animals and ransom their lives,
While encouraging others to do the same.

In all those places where this is done,
Sickness among people and livestock will cease,
Harvests will be plentiful and life will be long.

All will enjoy happiness and wellbeing in abundance,
And at death let go of deluded experience,
Before finding an excellent rebirth within the higher realms.
Ultimately, there is no doubt that this will lead one easily
To find the supreme and perfect state of awakening.

In response to the request of Doctor Dordrak,
Who offered a pure silk scarf and a hundred Nepali rupees,
The one called Chatral Sangye Dorje,
Who strives continuously to ransom lives,
Wrote down spontaneously whatever came to mind.
By the merit of this may all sentient beings
Come to practise enlightened actions!

Mamakoling samanta!

Translated by Adam Pearcey, Rigpa Translations, 2005.

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Nurse Saves Twins


It’s always good to hear a success story.  Hopefully this will plant a good seed for us to remember how important it is to move from our head-space back into to our hearts and understand the birth process is the most important time to create a solid foundation for the rest of our children’s lives.

From the Newsd.co website

It’s quite apparent how different of a time the 1990s was compared to now. Regardless, premature babies being born has always been a thing.  Kyrie and Brielle Jackson were twins that were born 12 weeks early in Worcestor, Massachusetts.  Since they were born so early, the girls were very tiny and required some extra attention.  No one that was in the twin’s lives could have ever imagined what they would go through in the early weeks of their lives on Earth.

Kyrie appeared to be doing well. Even though she only weighed a little over two pounds, she was eating quite a bit and gaining weight like she was supposed to.  Unfortunately, Brielle seemed to be having a harder time than her sister.  She was having a difficult time breathing and wasn’t gaining any weight.  Even though sometimes she was doing “okay,” her parents and her doctors were hoping she would make a turn for the better. Soon enough, they had to face reality.

Like most babies that are born early or underweight, the newborns were put into incubators.  The twin girls were put into two separate incubators, and spent most of their time away from each other.  Even when they are older, most twins don’t like being away from their sibling.  As hard as it was to remain positive, the Jacksons knew that they had to, even if the unthinkable were to happen.  And the unthinkable did happen, but not in the way you’d expect.

The twins made it to three weeks old and everything seemed to be going okay. As each day passed, Paul Jackson, and his wife, thought they were closer to bringing their girls home. “The nurses in the NICU were very honest.  And they told me up front that ‘things look pretty good now, but, to be honest with you, over the next 48 to 72 hours, things could turn very quickly,’” said Brielle and Kyrie’s dad, Paul Jackson.  What happened next was the scariest moment of their lives.

Everything happened so quickly. Brielle’s breathing became labored, and within seconds, her heart rate increased.  Her heart was beating entirely way too fast for an infant.  Her oxygen level dropped too quickly, and her parents began to fear the worst.  In moments like these, people tend to hope and pray for a miracle to occur.  Having one of their children in distress, made the Jacksons feel completely helpless. Unfortunately, things continued to get worse.

Because her oxygen levels had drastically dropped, Brielle began to turn blue. This is obviously a bad sign for anybody, but it’s especially troubling when it’s a baby.  A lack of oxygen can cause brain damage, and it can cause other organs in the body to shut down, as well.  Not having sufficient oxygen in their body can make a situation go from serious, to life-threatening, very quickly.  That’s what happened to little Brielle.

The doctors and nurses tried everything that they possibly could to get Brielle to breathe, but tiny Brielle continued to struggle for breath.  The oxygen the were giving simply wasn’t working.  Brielle just wasn’t responding to their treatment.  In this kind of situation, every second is crucial to survival.  They were quickly running out of time.  A NICU nurse, named Gayle Kasparaian, had an idea, so she decided to run with it.

What may have seemed crazy at the time, turned out to be an absolute moment of genius.  What Gayle Kasparaian decided to do hadn’t been proven to work, and had actually never been done in the United States.  If it had, no one had ever documented it. Gayle suggested putting Brielle in the incubator with her sister.  She thought that it was possible that the girls could help each other, and it couldn’t hurt to try.

The moment Brielle was placed next to her sister, something absolutely incredible happened.  Kyrie put her arm around her sister, as if she were giving her a hug.  Even though there was no way Kyrie even knew what a hug was.  Side-by-side the girls laid together on their bellies.  Everyone in the room looked on, hoping that the nurse’s “crazy” idea actually worked.  Only seconds had gone by when the Jacksons got the good news they were praying for.

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Brielle had begun to breathe normally without assistance.  It appeared that the contact with her sister made her calm down enough to regulate her breathing.  It can honestly be said that Kyrie saved her sister’s life in that incubator.  Once she was put in the incubator, Brielle’s heart rate stabilized and her temperature went back to normal.  What actually happened in the incubator that save Brielle?  It’s actually something pretty simple.

Putting Kyrie and Brielle next to each is what saved Brielle.

“Kangaroo care refers to the act of placing your newborn on your chest – skin to skin.  It’s good for you and it’s good for baby.  Numerous studies have documented the benefits of kangaroo care.  They include improved heart rate, oxygen saturation, breathing, sleep, weight gain, breastfeeding and reduced crying,” reports Akron Children’s Hospital.

The twins connection ended up being their saving grace!

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Doctors from all over the world believe that skin-to-skin contact is vital for newborns.  Moms and dads are told to hold their new babies on their bare chest, allowing for their child’s bodies to take in all of the benefits.

While this is exceptionally beneficial for premature babies, specialists in the neo-natal field agree that every newborn should have skin-to-skin time with their parents. “Research has also found positive associations with cognitive and motor skills, and psychosocial benefits, such as attachment and parental confidence,” Akron Children’s Hospital reports.

After their incredible ordeal, things for the Jacksons calmed down, and it was smooth sailing for then on out.  After some time passed, the Jacksons were able to take home their babies.  The girls grew up to become best friends.  When they were little, they didn’t know how important they were to each other, but once they were able to understand what they went through, their love grew even stronger.  The twin’s bond is just as incredible today! Wait until you see them now!

Seeing them today, you would never guess that they were born 12 weeks early.  Now that they are 23, they are doing better than okay.  Brielle and Kyrie are still extremely close, but that’s obviously not surprising.  The two of them are happy and healthy, and feel grateful to have each other.  There’s nothing like the love that comes from family, but there is something quite special about the bond between twins, and Brielle and Kyrie can tell you all about that.

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The story of Brielle and Kyrie finds it way online every now and then.  Their experience was so heart-warming, so miraculous, that it’s the type of story that people enjoy hearing about.  The fact that the story has a happy ending definitely helps with that!

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Trauma Release Exercise


Dr. David Berceli has come up with a siveteransmple way to alleviate the suffering of those who have PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder).  He offers a suitable method to induce what is sometimes referred to as “neurogenic tremors” in the human body. 

His technique is called the Tension Release Exercise or Trauma Releasing Exercises or just TRE for short.  It is another excellent way to help re-balance the Autonomic Nervous System and get closer to the root of the problem. 

This method has been used with thousands of soldiers, emergency organizations around the world, areas where natural disasters have occurred, and general populations in war-torn and politically oppressed countries.  It has been taught as a way of addressing PTSD and more programs are being offered in the United States

“Every day, 22 veterans take their own lives.  That’s a suicide every 65 minutes.  As shocking as the number is, it may actually be higher.” — Department of Veterans Affairs

The statistics above were taken from 1999 through 2011 in 21 states.  That’s a staggering 8030 veterans dying each year!  David Berceli has found a method that is helpful for anxiety disorders, PTSD, general stress, and the myriad conditions caused by trauma.  It has also been found to help decrease tremors and seizures in conditions like Parkinson’s, MS, restless leg syndrome, and Epilepsy. 

On a positive note, athletes are also finding it to be great way to speed recovery after workouts.  A common response from most people who do TRE’s is sleeping better and feeling more at peace.  The key to the various benefits of TRE is that it is addressing the core reason for these problems and conditions instead of merely chasing symptoms.

Testimonial:

Frank B. has one of the most important and inspiring testimonials that I have read.  He tells us that, “I have two military sons that have served in Bosnia and IRAQ.  Both have returned with strong symptoms of PTSD but were unwilling to seek out professional psychological help.  They will not discuss their war time experiences with anyone.”

“After hearing about Dr. Berceli’s Trauma Release Process and learning that physical exercises were the key, not years of verbal dialogue with therapists, I immediately ordered books for my entire family.” — Frank B. 

“Although we have all benefited greatly from the exercises it was the psychological improvement of both military sons that was absolutely astounding.  Being soldiers, they had no problem doing the exercises and both saw improvements within weeks.  What a miracle!  They continue to do the exercises and are amazed at the results.  I can not thank Dr. Berceli enough for bringing peace back into their lives.”

The Theory:

Dr. David Berceli was looking for an easy way to relieve stress and trauma for humanity.  In studying other mammals, he noted that every mammal except for humans has a natural way of relieving tension that is elicited during the fight/flight/freeze response.  He discovered that humans have this capacity as well, only we have used our newer cognitive brain to subdue it. 

From the sunrise website:

“Tension Releasing Exercises elicit neurogenic tremors to release the body’s tension and the resultant physical and emotional blocks that can be causing tension, anxiety, PTSD, and numerous other symptoms associated with holding patterns.” – Rick Stockwell

Dr. Berceli has developed a technique that elicits these neurogenic tremors in the human body quite effectively.  It is said that fear and pain is something encoded in our DNA (if not our subconscious mind) and this method is available for all of us to tap into to find relief.  The results in relieving chronic tension, trauma, and trapped physical and emotional patterns in the body can be amazing when experienced for oneself.

Example:

As anyone who has researched this method in the past knows this information has been almost non-existent and kept more or less hidden.  Recently, Rick Stockwell has taken this program a step further and explains the principle behind this unique methodology in a comprehensive way.  He explains that the best way to understand this comes from observing how animals shake their body after a frightening experience.  If we own a dog, cat, or bird it may be easier to see how this behavior in the animal kingdom works.

“What they’re doing is something all mammals (including humans) have ingrained in their system as a way of ‘shaking off’ stress, anxiety, and fear.  Once they are done shaking, the stress is gone from their body.” — Rick Stockwell

He goes on to say,  “I’ll never forget our poor little poodle when we were huddling under an alcove in Utah as a huge clap of thunder rang out and lighting simultaneously struck just outside the alcove.  The poor thing shook for almost 2 hours as my wife comforted her.  But then she was done.  It was out of her system, and she was back to normal.  She didn’t hold onto that traumatic experience for years or decades like humans do.”

With this simple explanation, it seems quite apparent that animals have an innate ability to heal a traumatic experience and remove it completely out of their system without the pain of having a higher brain/mind that constantly stores that information. 

The Method:

There are two known positions that we can gather from the all-too-brief YouTube videos.  The first is lying down with legs butterflied open and the other is standing with your back up against the wall and sinking down slightly.  For some people it may not be wise to do these exercises on your own.  If you already have a severe trauma and are isolated (without a good support-system in place) then it is best to err on the side of caution and refrain from these exercises.  When it is likely that painful things might come up for you; it is best to work with a qualified therapist to help you get through the heavy emotions together.

Of course, the temptation is always there.  Just make sure this is something you can handle all by yourself.  If you are an intermediate or advanced yoga practitioner it probably would be alright to explore this healing modality.  As always, you are likely to gain more intricate understanding when you reach out for help.

Principle: Two opposing forces are in play here to initiate the body tremors.  For instance, when you let your legs go towards the floor (with the natural weight of gravity) and then pull your legs up in the opposite direction, then an automatic shaking begins.  You just have to find the right balance for it to work.

VARIATION ONE: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  Allow gravity take the weight of your legs (towards the floor).  Next, move your legs in the opposite direction ever so slightly.  You should start to feel tremors kick in spontaneously.  This tends to be isolated only within the leg area.

VARIATION TWO: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  First, allow gravity take the weight of your legs.  Second, move your legs in the opposite direction ever so slightly.  This time add a third element.  Press your feet towards the ground with just a slight force.  This has the most amazing affect of spontaneous gyrations resonating throughout your whole upper body and spine as a continuous shaking occurs.

VARIATION THREE: Lay flat on your back.  Have your feet flat on the ground.  Keep your legs and thighs off the ground but at an angle.  Lift your bottom slightly off the ground.  At the same time, allow gravity take the weight of your legs and move your legs up in the opposite direction.  This is done ever so slightly.  You should start to feel tremors kick in spontaneously.  This tends move the lower and upper body side to side.

To get a visual, the first two variations move the body like a dolphin’s tale does – with an up and down motion.  The third variation moves the body, side to side, like a shark or fish naturally does.

Note: Years ago when I was working on this method, I could feel the neural network being formed and strengthened along the spine.  It was interesting to experience the nerves or channels develop from the bottom of the spine upward towards the head.  With all other healing modalities such as standing stake, chi kung or boading-balls… the nervous system would develop from the top of the head down to the base of the spine.

It is quite thrilling once you get the hang of it.  And with some contemplation, you can figure more ways to work the other portions of your body and limbs as well.

Good luck!
Neo

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Mother’s intuition


Here’s a follow up to an article I posted back in 2011 about a lovely mother who had delivered twins prematurely at 27 weeks.  Kate Ogg delivered fraternal twins.  One boy and one girl.  Unfortunately, the doctor told her the baby boy didn’t make it.

In a world where doctors are just in the beginning stages of learning about the full potential of the human body and mind…it makes us realize how important it is to become fully aware of the process of childbirth and all that it entails.

Now, we can say for sure that a baby and its mother should should never be separated at birth.  And we can learn how important it is of having direct physical contact between the two.   And, of course, communicating loving words can not hurt at all.

Jamie’s story:

For Kate Ogg and her husband David, the arrival of twins finally fulfilled their wishes to have their first child and become new parents. However, after a premature birth the couple was told their first baby would not make it.

It only takes one person to change the world as this beautiful story with a happy ending tells us.  Hopefully, it will cause a few people to reevaluate what we think we really know and learn proper birthing principles.

After both mom and dad cuddled, held, and talked to their baby for hours… the doctor was shocked to see him with his eyes open and begin breathing.  Here’s a video every aspiring parent should be required to watch.  Running time 4 minutes with nice photos of the children three or four years later:

 

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Skunk Medicine


Skunk cannabis, along with traditional marijuana, is typically used for recreational use.  However, it is becoming popular amongst the medical community as a form of pain medication and management in such debilitating illnesses as HIV or seizures.

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Skunk weed, similar to every other strain of cannabis, has both physiological and psychological side effects.  These side effects include: rapid heart rate, increased blood pressure, increased rate of breathing, red eyes, dry mouth, increased appetite, slowed reaction time, distorted sense of time, paranoia, magical thinking, short-term memory loss, anxiety and depression.

While skunk weed and marijuana in general can produce negative side effects, it can be beneficial to aid individuals with severe medical conditions.  With that said the debate on whether or not it is beneficial will always be based on you intention and how you use it.

What I wanted to point out is the mythology, origins, and inherent dangers of what this plant does on a deeper level.  Since most people have various strong or weak faculties it is not always easy to determine the truth.  Therefore, a higher perspective is really NEVER shared with someone from a more material point of view.  So those that disagree on these topics will almost always lack any calm sense of detachment and serious reflection.

Since it is now becoming more and more legalized and popular you can take this information to benefit the few loved ones that are willing to listen.  The different spiritual and shamanic views can be discovered in the following categories:

From the Marijuana Syndromes website:

When a young child smells marijuana for the first time, they often share a simple but profound insight: Marijuana smoke smells like a skunk.  Many Mexican shamans agree.  Marijuana shares two main qualities with the skunk at levels of what the shamans call Skunk Medicine.

Positive:

Any interesting book came out in 2012.  John Mini, a licensed Acupuncturist, wrote the book called: “Marijuana Syndromes: How to Balance and Optimize the Effects of Cannabis with Traditional Chinese Medicine“.  The captivating and well-researched book is 824 pages long.  He dedicated over twenty years of research into the effects of marijuana and how to balance them using Traditional Chinese Medicine.  He says that:

Marijuana can help you let go of appearances and materialism.  But if you let it take you too far and you don’t do something to balance it in your life, marijuana can also turn you into a slob that can’t get anything done.  This effect is one level of the shamanic testing arena.  It’s where many of the lessons of plant medicines reside.

“These tests are built in mechanisms, or proving grounds, that only allow those that make it through in a good way to progress further on the path.  The ones who don’t make it are left to the demons and psychotherapists.” — Dr. John Mini

Root origins:

Have you ever wondered where in the world the name marijuana comes from?  It’s not a botanical title.  The word comes from Mexican shamans.  We first started hearing the term marijuana here in El Norte at the end of the 1800s, when Gringo soldiers first had continuing contact with freedom fighters from Mexico, who were mostly Pancho Villa’s supporters in Sonora.

So what does marijuana mean, anyway?  Mari means Mary.  It means Virgin in the Christian sense and all that goes along with that icon.  But a Juana is a whore.  (If you’re deeply aching to verify the truth of this statement, click here.)  This leads us into a dichotomy that is the essence of what marijuana’s medicine is all about.

Ashir Pandey, Cannabis Advocate and Activist, from California says,  “My favorite reference in the book, which encapsulates the major theme of Mini’s research, is the Mexican Shamans who refer to Marijuana as part “Virgin Mary” and part “Whore.”  Meaning that Marijuana’s dual nature is encapsulated in its name.

“When used correctly it can act as beneficently as Mother Mary.  When used incorrectly it quickly has the opposite effect and becomes a Juana …’Prostitute’ over time.” — Ashir Pandey

Negative:

In a recent publication on February 9th, 2015 it is said that psychosis is five times more likely for people who are cannabis users.

London (AFP) – A British study released Monday suggested that the risk of psychosis was five times higher for regular users of cannabis, adding to a growing body of evidence linking drug use and mental health disorders.

The six-year study published in the medical journal The Lancet reported on 780 people living in south London, 410 of whom were being treated for conditions including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.  Marta Di Forti from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London says:

“Compared with those who had never tried cannabis, users of high potency skunk-like cannabis had a threefold increase in risk of psychosis.” — Marta Di Forti

By continuously breaking the laws of nature, it is rather difficult to become whole again.  Most will never know what is true happiness or a natural state of well-being because it is outside their range of awareness and direct experience.

The Reality:

From a deeper perspective, no illness need remain forever in one’s mind-stream.  Yet, this is one of the hardest illnesses to heal simply because it affects the mind so greatly.  Those that don’t believe in karma and how the subconscious mind imprints everything we experience will never understand.

One thing that I have noticed is that when all the proper conditions come together then mental illness will occur as a matter of consequence.  When more than one of these conditions are met: such as meditation, fasting, occult study, conspiracy theories, and bad diet coincide with marijuana-use then results such as bi-polar or schizophrenia have a greater chance of happening.  We all can agree that a trip to the psych-ward or hospital is no fun.

Once marijuana is used, most love to experience the high or euphoric feeling it gives.  This is what is grasped onto the most.  Yet, most forget that there was also a sense of paranoia that came with the trip.  And this is the key-point.  This deep feeling of paranoia becomes imprinted on the subconscious mind.  Later, this feeling of paranoia can be triggered many years later.  Sadly, as one’s life spins out of control and the mind races and fear overwhelms the person…a sense of what the Buddhist scriptures describe as “unbounded joy” and what psychologists refer to as “manic-behavior” is produced.

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Mother’s Ultimate Sacrifice


A very touching story to remind us of the heroic choice this woman made…

by CBS Local 2:29 mins

A young California mother made the ultimate sacrifice for her newborn daughter when she refused lifesaving treatment for bone cancer.   Ashley Bridges was 10 weeks pregnant when she learned of her diagnosis.  Although doctors recommended she start chemotherapy immediately, it would have required her to terminate her pregnancy.

“There’s no way I could kill a healthy baby because I’m sick,” Bridges told CBS’s Kristine Lazar.  During her third trimester, at eight months, Bridges was told that delaying treatment had allowed the cancer to spread.

“That’s basically when they told me that it was terminal,” she said.  Bridges was told she needed to deliver Paisley immediately so she could start treatment.  Even with multiple rounds of chemotherapy, she was given less than a year to live.  “I felt like I tried so hard to keep Paisley safe and do the minimum [treatment] to keep her healthy.  The thought that I’m not going to see her grow up is really hard,” a tearful Bridges said.

The 24-year-old Bridges also has a 6-year-old son from a previous relationship.  “His exact words were, ‘If you pass away, I want to come with you,’ ” she recalled.  As Lazar reports, friends and family have been helping Bridges take care of Paisley during the day.  Her fiance, who is in the military, takes the night shift.  None of them has second-guessed her decision.  “She’s a real-life superhero, to be honest with you,” said Jessica, Bridges’ sister.  Bridges, too, has no regrets.  “Maybe I’m not supposed to be here and she is,” Bridges said of Paisley.

Click here for her video: Mother’s Ultimate Sacrifice for Newborn

As we discover the truth that there are, in fact, MANY options to heal.  Nothing should be considered terminal until one has tried everything from Juice Fasting, to Herbs, to the unique Sitz Bath Remedy.  The Master Herbalist offers hope to someone like her in this dark age.

Here are a few important quotes that need to be heard over and over:

“The mother has to be a real mother, dedicated to the health of her children and be fully educated with the abilities to be the family physician 24/7 raising and training her children to be the same and help her children for as long as she lives in the art of longevity and her children must learn from their parent’s mistakes and seek to do better.” – MH

He goes on to reprimand us that:

“Parents who do not know, do not care and turn their children over to strangers when not feeling well will have no real interest in the proper use of diet and learning prevention.” — MH

Click here to access his latest 27 page newsletter: Truth about herbs

good luck!
Neo

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a lesson in humility


While reading reviews for an interesting but rather misguided book entitled Confession of a Buddhist Atheist a certain sense of alarm comes to mind for those on the Path tainted by social conditioning and vast misunderstanding.  Today, there are some secular Buddhists that want to do away with reincarnation and karma because it doesn’t fit with their personal world-view.  Having such a wrong view emerge in the minds of these particular Buddhists is tolerable on one hand but so terribly sad in the end. 

Likewise, without believing in karma and rebirth can anyone really practice hard enough to achieve the results of salvation?

Later on I came across this thought-provoking article that brings tears to my eyes when I consider it.  This story is quite beautiful since we all can relate to it.  This man’s realization of his own limitations and intellectual pride changed his whole outlook on life.  Surely this was a blessing from the feminine aspect we call the dakini.

As I have said before, whenever the dakini principle manifests in our lives it is quite a blessing.  Whenever someone of greater faith and compassion crosses our path we are brought to great shame.  Yet, once we recognize our own shallow heart and deep arrogance it allows for a positive change to occur.

Buddhist Warrior writes:

I’ll share an experience of mine – One nice, warm, summer evening, about ten years ago, I was strolling down one of the back-streets of Chinatown in NYC, away from the crowds and traffic, and I was passing by a storefront.  Behind the front glass window of the small shop, sat a statue of the Buddha.  An elderly Asian woman seemed to appear out of nowhere.  She was approx 60 years of age, pencil thin to the point of emaciation, and very haggard and impoverished looking.

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She quickly stood facing the window, clasped her hands together as if in prayer, and quickly bowed three times to the Buddha’s image, before quickly disappearing once again, into the urban jungle of NYC’s Chinatown.

This occurred during the time I fancied myself somewhat of an Atheist-Scientist-Rationalist-Buddhist and for about ten minutes I thought to myself: How far superior is my understanding to her understanding?  Did she study the sciences and have an engineering degree?  Did she have huge book collection of western philosophers, eastern philosophers, advanced physics, and did she understand where Buddhism intersects and stands within that great pantheon?  Did she understand particle theory?  Dark matter?  String theory?  Plato?  Descartes?  Sartre?  All the great thinkers and philosophers of the ages?  All the intricacies of interdependent origination?

How dare she degrade and insult Siddhartha Gautama’s teachings by merely bowing to his image as if he were a common God of some sort, to be prayed to, revered and worshiped.  How dare this vile, tired, haggard, and skinny, old Asian woman, corrupt MY Buddhism with her primitive folk beliefs and her irrational superstition?  At that very moment, I was Stephen Batchelor.  I became Stephen Batchelor, or even worse!

Epiphany:

After ten minutes of such thought, I became literally nauseated, sick to my stomach, and ill because of myself and my big, fat, ego and proud sense of self.  And I had somewhat of an epiphany, regarding my own shallowness, egotism, ignorance, and lack of compassion.

With all my stone-cold reason, hard science, rational facts, and intellectual B.S., who was it for me to question, cast doubt upon, consider more ignorant or less informed, any person’s beliefs or practice?

Maybe that old, skinny, woman, knows more about Buddhism than I do.  Perhaps her practice and application of it is superior or more pure than mine.  Perhaps she has developed more positive karma in her life than I have or ever will.  Perhaps she could teach me many things about life and Buddhism.  Perhaps she is a kinder person than I.  Perhaps she is more compassionate than I.  Perhaps she has helped others more than I.  Perhaps she is further down `the path’ than I am.

At this point, I decided that I am not one to judge others in their beliefs and practices.  I can only say what is right for me, and my path, and my beliefs.  I am not here to denigrate anyone else’s path or write books claiming “mine is superior” for such and such reason…

Many Blessings!
Neo

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theory of evolution


The Dalai Lama talks about several holes in the theory of evolution:

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As to what might be the mechanism through which karma plays a causal role in the evolution of sentience, I find helpful some of the explanations given in the Vajrayana traditions, often referred to by modern writers as esoteric Buddhism.  According to the Guhyasamaja tantra, a principal tradition within Vajrayana Buddhism, at the most fundamental level, no absolute division can be made between mind and matter.

Matter in its subtlest form is prana, a vital energy which is inseparable from consciousness.  These two are different aspects of an indivisible reality.  Prana is the aspect of mobility, dynamism, and cohesion, while consciousness is the aspect of cognition and the capacity for reflective thinking.

“So according to the Guhyasamaja tantra, when a world system comes into being, we are witnessing the play of this energy and consciousness reality.”  — Dalai Lama

Despite the success of the Darwinian narrative, I do not believe that all the elements of the story are in place.

“To begin with, although Darwin’s theory gives a coherent account of the development of life on this planet and the various principles underlying it, such as natural selection, I am not persuaded that it answers the fundamental question of the origin of life.”  — Dalai Lama

Darwin himself, I gather, did not see this as an issue.  Furthermore, there appears to be a certain circularity in the notion of “survival of the fittest.”  The theory of natural selection maintains that, of the random mutations that occur in the genes of a given species, those that promote the greatest chance of survival are most likely to succeed.

However, the only way this hypothesis can be verified is to observe the characteristics of those mutations that have survived.  So in a sense, we are stating simply this: “Because these genetic mutations have survived, they are the ones that had the greatest chance of survival.”

From the Buddhist perspective, the idea of these mutations being purely random events is deeply unsatisfying for a theory that purports to explain the origin of life.

“One empirical problem in Darwinism’s focus on the competitive survival of individuals, which is defined in terms of an organism’s struggle for individual reproductive success, has consistently been how to explain altruism, whether in the sense of collaborative behavior, such as food sharing or conflict resolution among animals like chimpanzees or acts of self-sacrifice.” — Dalai Lama

There are many examples, not only among human beings but among other species as well, of individuals who put themselves in danger to save others.

From the scientific view, the theory of karma may be a metaphysical assumption–but it is no more so than the assumption that all of life is material and originated out of pure chance.

From The Universe in a Single Atom: Convergence of Science and Spirituality by H.H. the Dalai Lama

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Charlotte’s web


While watching TV the other night there was a special on medical marijuana to treat children with epilepsy.  Epilepsy is not a new disease.  The oldest known detailed record was discovered over 3000 years ago.  It’s a fact that the disorder itself was found in Babylonian cuneiform medical text from 1067–1046 BCE.   So, I wondered if this news program was a way to engender sympathy to get the laws changed in more states much sooner.

We normally think of Charlotte’s Web as a classic piece of children’s fiction, but it is also the name of one of the most coveted medical marijuana strains that is being used to treat children with epilepsy.

Charlotte’s Web is now a strain of medical marijuana processed into a marijuana extract that is high in cannabidiol (CBD) content.  It is sometimes referred to as Realm Oil or Alepsia.  The good part about it is that it does not induce the “psychoactive high” typically associated with recreational marijuana use.

Medical solution:

As Charlotte was young and developing with her twin sister; everything seemed normal.  She was talking and walking the same day as her twin.  Charlotte was 3 months old when she first began having seizures.  As time went on, her condition grew worse.  According to the CNN article:

“The medications were also taking a toll.  She was on seven drugs — some of them heavy-duty, addictive ones such as barbiturates and benzodiazepines.”

As we know, it is common when following medical that there are often serious side-effects with their drugs.  Figis tells us that, “They’d work for a while, but the seizures always came back with a vengeance.”

Alternative medical:

Charlotte got off the medical prescription in favor of an alternative treatment.  She received medical marijuana and these were the results:

According to Paige Figi, her daughter Charlotte seizures fell from 300 a week to around 3 over an 8 month period.

Charlotte is now six years old and living better.  Her seizures only happen two to three times per month, almost solely in her sleep.  Not only is she walking, she is riding her bicycle.  She feeds herself and is talking more each day.  From a certain point of view, this seems wonderful and a successful case.

But, is that good enough?

Knowing that she has two or three seizures a month tells me that it was only a partial solution.  Of course, it yields much better results than taking barbiturates.  Parents need to know the root cause of disease and then treat their child holistically.  It must occur on many levels, which means, diet change as well as regenerating the nerves of the physical body and brain.  Regenerating the nerves is the sole province of yoga, tai-chi, Feldenkrais Therapy and other healing modalities.

Holistic treatment:

I quickly googled Dr. Christopher to see what he would have done back in the day.  Dr. Chistopher talks about his experience in discovering the anti-spasmadic formula to help his epileptic patients:

One night I sat alone in my office, after all my patients had left for the day, wondering why I was not getting the results with this boy as I had with others with the same condition.  I realized that I needed “help” and so I prayed earnestly that something could be done for this child and after some time of praying and meditating an “idea” for a “formula” of herbs for nerves came to my mind.

“I quickly wrote down: blue cohosh, black cohosh, blue vervain, scullcap, and lobelia in a 90 proof tincture.  I immediately went to the lab we had out in back of the office, and made up the tincture.  When this formula was given to the epileptic boy patient, there was an immediate reaction, and before long, he showed great improvement.” — Dr. Christopher

MH information:

Then I did some research on what MH had posted many years ago on his forum.

“Epilepsy in my experience is caused by drugs such as are found in mountain dew, Dialantin, etc. and of course damage to the head.” — MH

MH believes that Lobelia would not be an aid, but that lobelia always works best when used in a herbal formula.  With the symptom of seizures we need to find the root cause and then a solution may be found.  He suggests that epilepsy is a drug induced disease and not a natural thing.

“The stupid MD then puts the child on dilantin to stop future seizures which also ensures the child is addicted for life and can’t easily ever get off the drug, because the drug will cause anyone to have seizures if they take it and then try to get off it.  At least that was the way it was 20 years ago when I knew of a person in the same situation and the side effects are terrible, etc.” — MH

He advices that Lecithin would be great idea in healing the brain.  Of course olive oil or coconut oil work on the same principle.   He suggests that B&B herbal formula, NO DENTAL METALS of any kind, no vitamins or other metalic sources.  And of course we should all make pure water that is home made distilled.

“Often a child will roll out of bed and hit their head and have a seizure or actually had a seizure in bed and ended up on the floor hitting their head, etc….” — MH

MH strictly advices that, “The drugs have to go!  Nothing much will change as long as the person is doped.  Up until the drugs go, naturally all the correct foods/no toxins would allow the body to heal as much as possible.  The main problem is always the person is scared to death to ever get drug free and work to correct the problem.  If they drink pop, drink sugar free, etc. there is probably no helping them.”

Testimonial:

Dr. Christopher received an Herbal Pharmacist degree under the renowned Dr. Edward Shook.  Dr. Shook related a case wherein a young girl was brought to him with a longstanding case of epilepsy.  She had suffered various injuries during her attacks.  Shook made a strong decoction of Black Cohosh, blue gentian and valerian root, expecting immediate results, but the seizures continued.

“Shook then consulted an old herbalist, who informed him that only alcohol could extract the antispasmodic values from Black Cohosh.  The parents tried the tincture, given here, and the seizures gradually decreased from up to thirty in one day to nearly none after six months.”

I believe that alcohol was the factor that helped move the herbs quickly into the lymphatic system in order to cross the blood-brain barrier to reach proper areas of the brain.  The old formula was called B&B Tincture back in the day.   So now you can choose what to do based on the above facts rather than being in the dark about what consists of real and authentic health for our precious children.

hope that helps!
Neo

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